Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: A Super Bowl XLIII Preview

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJanuary 18, 2009

Conference Championship Sunday is over and we now know who will be competing in Super Bowl XLIII. The Arizona Cardinals managed to keep the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles at bay, riding the arm of Kurt Warner to a 32-25 victory. The Pittsburgh Steelers took out the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 23-14 in a game where defense took the spotlight.

Now we get to see the matchup of the Cardinals dangerous offense against the Steelers suffocating defense.

Both teams are led by former Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. Kurt Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a victory of the Tennessee Titans in 1999 and Ben Roethlisberger led his Steelers to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.

Larry Fitzgerald has been on record-setting pace. Over the past three postseason games, he has managed to gather over 430 yards through the air, surpassing the all-time record once held by Jerry Rice.

James Harrison won the AP's Defensive Player of the Year award and will look to plug up the holes that Fitzgerald has managed to find.

The Steelers are an early 6.5-point favorite over the Cardinals and that is a margin that is unlikely to change to any major degree over the next two weeks. Even so, the Cardinals have managed to prove Vegas wrong against both Carolina and Philadelphia so far during the post season.

The last time these two teams met, the Arizona Cardinals upset the Steelers by the score of 21-14 in week four of last season. Will history repeat itself on Super Bowl Sunday or will "Big" Ben Roethlisberger lead the Steelers to their second Super Bowl victory in the past four years?

Stay tuned people.